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Former Fox News President Bill Shine (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Network tailspin

President of programming at Fox News resigns, replaced with a woman

May 1, 2017

Bill Shine, co-president of programming at Fox News, resigned on Monday, the network’s executive chairman Rupert Murdoch announced in an email to staffers. “Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today,” Murdoch wrote. “I know Bill was respected and liked by everybody at Fox News. We will all miss him.” Suzanne Scott was promoted to replace Shine as president of programming, and Jay Wallace has been promoted to president of news. Shine had been with the network since it launched in 1996, becoming the top executive in the programming department and serving as co-president of Fox News Channel with Jack Abernethy after Roger Ailes was ousted from the network in the summer of 2016 following Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Scott, his successor, has also been with Fox News since its inception, CNN reported. “Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders. They have both played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists. They will lead Fox News to an even more successful future,” Murdoch said in a statement.

Shine had become the object of controversy after allegations that he had covered up the predatory behavior of Ailes, his former boss. His name also came up in a lawsuit filed by former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros against the network’s executives. In the suit she alleged that Fox News “operated like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.” He had also been named in a class-action racial discrimination suit led by Fox News anchor Kelly Wright.

Fox News reporter Diana Falzone. (Twitter)

Currently, there are at least 15 gender-discrimination lawsuits against the company. On Monday, about yet another lawsuit brought against the beleaguered network. Fox News online reporter Diana Falzone filed a complaint in New York Supreme Court claiming she had been demoted after she published an essay about her struggle with endometriosis. According to the suit, her supervisor told her after the piece ran that the “Second Floor” (a reference to co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy) did not want her on the air. “The male-dominated senior management of Fox News obviously objected to the fact that a female on-air host had disclosed that she suffers from a women’s reproductive-health condition, which, in their eyes, detracted from her sex appeal and made her less desirable,” the lawsuit says.

Last month, Gretchen Carlson appeared at the Women in the World New York Summit and discussed the culture at Fox News that allowed sexual harassment and a hostile work environment to thrive. Watch the full interview and all of the highlights below.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter and New York magazine.


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